by Rebecca and Shawn in Dundas 12 months ago
We are thinking about possibly renovating our home, specifically adding a second floor. We want to find out if the over 100 year old home is structurely sound to do this and what the overall cost would be. Then we can consider if it would be less expensive to stay and renovate or move into a larger home.
We don’t know where to start…
by zoltan matus in Etobicoke 12 months ago
Hi Rebecca if you leaning towards staying first get a structural engineer,
And his findings will tell you what the options are.
by Maroon 12 months ago
Well, normally an over 100 year old building doesn’t have the strength to bear even more floors, but it also depends on the kind of material and current condition of the building. I would recommend you to take advice of a builder or any person who knows the current condition of the building, I mean someone who can have look of the building.
by Adrian- Rotarex Construction Inc Toronto 9 months ago
you are going to loose size inside your home as it will have to be re framed from the inside, which is the same cost as building a new home
I think you’ll find that a second story built off the existing house will be a challenge. Adrian is right a second story could require extensive framing from basement up to support the proposed second story. I run into this quite a bit with houses framed with 2×4 exterior walls. you are usually better looking at an addition ie going out the back or side of the house if possible rather then up. Or down underpinning the basement can improve space in older homes too. good luck